Road Trip & Mine Towns

An episode of Sundowners

By Sarah Rovang
A weekly(ish) podcast about architecture, place, and global travel, created by John Golden and Sarah Rovang, H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow.
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A weekly(ish) podcast about architecture, place, and global travel, created by John Golden and Sarah Rovang, H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow.

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Series Finale
At long last, our very last episode of Sundowners! We look back on an amazing year of travel and personal growth.
December 2, 2019
Audioguides and Industrial Heritage
A special episode for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Leadership Forum Blog on audioguides, industrial heritage sites, storytelling, and visitor experience.
August 12, 2019
2.11 Where’s My Wife? (Unwinding in Switzerland)
After a long break from podcasting, Sarah and John catch up about a busy month. John has started his new job, and Sarah has been in Scandinavia, Paris, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Switzerland.
May 22, 2019
SAH Blogcast Part 2: Listening to the Industrial Past
Part two of special podcast created for the Society of Architectural Historians, as my monthly Brooks blog report for April 2019. talk about what it means to hear industrial heritage sites as contemporary listeners, and how sound can be effectively curated and deployed as part of a public history experience.
April 3, 2019
SAH Blogcast Part 1: Sounding Industrial Places
Part one of special podcast created for the Society of Architectural Historians, as my monthly Brooks blog report for April 2019. In this part, we talk about the soundscapes of industrial heritage, how sound impacts our experience of architecture, and how we can understand the different types of sound we might encounter at an industrial heritage site.
April 3, 2019
2.08 John Got a Job!
John gets a job that warrants a lot of explanation; Sarah is in Copenhagen with friends.
March 28, 2019
2.07 Where’s My Wife? (Offline in Stockholm)
Sarah and John go without their phones for a day in Stockholm and Santa Fe, and reflect on the how smart phones have transformed global travel.
March 12, 2019
2.06 Where’s My Wife? (Listening in Belgium)
This week on Sundowners, a deep dive into industrial sound and what we can learn from listening to the built environment. Featuring the sounds of coal mines, windmills, cotton looms, and two very talkative dogs.
March 6, 2019
2.05 Where’s My Wife? (Reflecting in the Netherlands)
Windmills, steam pumps, and food poisoning in the Netherlands. Plus our reflections back on 5 months of traveling together in 2018.
February 27, 2019
2.04 Where’s My Wife? (Back in Paris)
Sarah explores parks in Paris and muses on industrial heritage tourism across Europe. John battles a fickle smoke detector.
February 20, 2019
2.03 Where’s My Wife? (Underground in Slovenia)
Sarah encounters a mercury mine and some impressive socialist architecture in Slovenia; John hears a pack of coyotes.
February 13, 2019
2.02 Where’s My Wife? (Setting out in Northern Italy)
Sarah explores a utopian company town near Milan and learns how to travel on her own. John feeds the blue jays and critiques this year’s Super Bowl ads.
February 6, 2019
2.01 Where’s My Wife? (Alone in Paris)
A new season, a new format while Sarah is away in Europe and John is home in Santa Fe.
January 29, 2019
22 Santiago Christmas
Altiplano tourist traps, abandoned nitrate mines, desert flamingos, and Christmas in a fancy chain hotel in Santiago.
December 25, 2018
21 Atacama Desert
Adventures in Chilean ghost towns, labor history, and reflections on time spent in historic Iquique. Plus the joy of rogue Christmas parades.
December 18, 2018
20 Iquique
John turns 30 in an industrial port town with a great beach; also historic wooden architecture and more cheap thrill boat rides.
December 11, 2018
19 Chiloé
Hyper-local architecture on a magical Chilean island, adventures in local cuisine, and what makes a nation a nation.
December 5, 2018
18 Puerto Varas
Santiago’s urban vibe, German colonial architecture, and how we were foiled by ferries on the Carretera Austral.
November 29, 2018
17 Santiago
Culture and politics in Chile’s capital city, plus a 12 hour tour of an abandoned copper mining town in the mountains.
November 20, 2018
16 Valparaíso
A new week; a new continent. Settling into a vibrant port city with stunning street art while enjoy the comforts of home cooking and a familiar writing system.
November 13, 2018
15 Japan Top 4 Edition
A wrap up of our time in Japan, and a ranking of highlights and top experiences from the last two months.
November 6, 2018
14 Tokyo Redux
Back in Tokyo, we reflect on multi-faceted Japan and the unique experience of encountering open air architecture museums.
October 31, 2018
13 Southern Honshu
Encountering tourist traps, looking back at industrial heritage site visits, and reflecting on the architectural landscape of Japan.
October 16, 2018
12 Mid-Trip Review
At the halfway point in our trip together, we reflect back on what it’s been like so far, and look forward to the second half of the journey.
October 9, 2018
11 Nagasaki
Finally finding the narrative thread in Japan, challenging culinary experiences, and coal mine tourism.
October 2, 2018
10 Kagoshima & Yakushima
Exploring industrial heritage in the south of Japan and a unique forest island.
September 26, 2018
09 Hokkaido
Seafood, “ruin porn,” and summer tourism in and around Sapporo and Hakodate.
September 19, 2018
Singapore and Tokyo
Hawker centers, heritage in the wilds of urban Singapore, and meditations on the nature of Japanese architecture.
September 11, 2018
Cape Town Pt. 2 & South Africa Wrap-Up
This week we conclude our time in South Africa, and discuss our last few days in Cape Town as well as broader takeaways.
September 4, 2018
Cape Town
Part 1 of our time in Cape Town. We talk about some of the big tourism site we visited with Devon last week.
August 28, 2018
The one where Sarah and John discover they are not “winelands” people.
August 21, 2018
Road Trip & Mine Towns
Reflections on navigating a South African road trip, plus insights into two very different mining heritage experiences.
August 13, 2018
Johannesburg, Part 2 & Safari
Updates from the road after leaving Jo’burg and a few days on safari in Klaserie & Kruger.
August 8, 2018
Johannesburg, Part 1
The first Sundowners episode from the road; the first of two parts reflecting on our time in Johannesburg.
July 30, 2018
Pilot: Santa Fe
Introducing Sundowners, a podcast about place, architecture, and global travel.
July 24, 2018
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